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Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 | 30 comments

Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Confession: I’m not a traditional beef meatballs with marinara sauce kind of gal. I seriously dislike the dish. It doesn’t even look appealing most of the time and the meatballs tend to be dry as a cardboard. I guess a lot of it has a lot to do with what I ate as a child. My mom never made spaghetti and meatballs. I am not a big fan of the marinara sauce dishes. I don’t even like spaghetti. What I do like is creamy sauces especially homemade ones.

Meatballs in creamy mushroom sauce are a whole different game. I used ground turkey seasoned with garlic, fresh herbs, Panko soaked in a little milk and some good old fashioned salt and pepper. I seared the meatballs first to seal the flavor and the juices and then simmered them in a mushroom gravy. The meatballs came out moist, tender and seriously delicious. It was a HUGE hit with the entire family. Briana licked her plate clean and Kurt asked for the leftovers for lunch.

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But no cream of mushroom soup is allowed here. Yuck, that stuff is not even real food. Anything that has modified anything or MSG in the ingredients is off limits. And don’t even get me started on the flavor. Nasty.

Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Turkey tends to stick to your hands a lot more than regular beef. Don’t stress about making your meatballs perfectly round and don’t overdo on the Panko.

Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Kathy Sig 2

5.0 from 2 reviews
Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Gravy
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup pecorino romano cheese, grated
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more
  • ½ tsp black pepper, plus more
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms
  • ½ leek, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ⅔ cup fat free half & half
  • 1 lb pasta, such as macaroni or rotini
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine Panko and milk. Let sit for a few minutes until the milk absorbs.
  3. Add ground turkey meat, egg, pecorino romano cheese, parsley, 1 tsp salt & ½ tsp pepper. Mix well.
  4. Preheat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet. Form meat balls and cook until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes each. Turkey meat tends to be sticky, don't worry about meatballs being perfectly round.
  5. Set the meatballs aside.
  6. In a large skillet saute mushrooms and leeks in another 1 tbsp of olive oil. Season with some salt and pepper. Stir in flour and cook another 2 minutes.
  7. Add chicken stock, bring to a simmer and add meatballs.
  8. Simmer the meatballs for 15 minutes. Check for salt and add half and half.
  9. Stir the meatballs and pasta together.
  10. Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese.

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Beef & Scallion Ramen

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 | 29 comments

Beef & Scallion Ramen | Olives & Garlic

I can officially say that Spring has sprung here in New Jersey. This weekend was a dream come true with over 70 degree days and abundance of sunshine. Every season change is magical but the arrival of Spring is special. Waking up to the sound of the chirping birds is usually the first thing I notice. It doesn’t bother me at all, on the contrary it’s music to my ears. The trees are starting to bloom and the gloominess is finally gone. I love this time of the year.

We spent a good part of Sunday morning clearing our backyard of the massive amount of leaves that accumulated since last Fall. It took eight garbage bags to get it done yet we have a small backyard. Sometimes I feel as if all the leaves in the neighborhood make their way into our yard. Thankfully that project is done. For me this marks the official start to the barbecue season. That evening I made Peruvian chicken, garlic potatoes with fresh herbs and a BLT salad  for our friends. The rest of the afternoon was spent on the deck, with wine and great company.

The only day off I had  came and went faster than I could notice but it was just what I needed.  Can’t wait till next weekend.

Until next time, I leave you with this bowl of ramen.

Beef & Scallion Ramen | Olives & Garlic

 

Beef & Scallion Ramen | Olives & Garlic

Ramen is insanely easy to prepare. You can add all sorts of ingredients, carrots, mushrooms, bok choy or pretty much anything you like. For me a hard boiled egg and Sriracha is a must!

Beef & Scallion Ramen | Olives & Garlic

Kathy Sig 2

5.0 from 2 reviews
Beef & Scallion Ramen
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 1 hanger steak (about ½ lbs), sliced thin against the grain
  • 9 oz ramen noodles
  • 2 beef bouillons
  • handful fresh spinach
  • 5 button mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 hard boiled egg, cut in half (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Add sliced hanger steak. Let marinade for about 15 minutes.
  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add beef bouillons and dissolve. Adjust salt to taste.
  3. Bring a separate pot of water to a boil, add ramen and cook a few minutes until the noodles are done. Drain. Set aside.
  4. In a hot skillet sauté steak slices until lightly brown.
  5. To serve, arrange noodles in a soup bowl, top with steak, mushrooms, scallions and spinach. Ladle enough broth to cover.
  6. Top with half an egg.
  7. Great with Sriracha.

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Mascarpone & Smoked Salmon Crostini

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 | 24 comments

Mascarpone & Smoked Salmon Crostini

I just finished watching Wolf of Wall Street and must say it was amazing. Although the movie  was quite lengthy and took us two nights to watch, it was worth every moment. I am now even more upset with the Academy Awards. Leonardo DiCaprio was incredible in it. How does he not have an Oscar yet?!

The movie was responsible for the lack of dinner. I wanted to make something quick and easy so that we can finish watching it and these crostini did just that. I’m making them again on Sunday for a dinner party we’re hosting, except they’ll actually make appetizers as they should be.

Mascarpone & Smoked Salmon Crostini

My love for smoked salmon goes back, way back. It is an item you’ll find in our fridge on a regular basis. This is my favorite way of having it. Mascarpone is a lighter less savory version of cream cheese and it works magic on this crostini. The clean, airy taste of it doesn’t overpower the salmon, instead it lets the flavors to be fully savored.

Doesn’t it make for a beautiful dish?

Mascarpone & Smoked Salmon Crostini

Mascarpone & Smoked Salmon Crostini

What is your favorite crostini recipe?

Kathy Sig 2

5.0 from 1 reviews
Mascarpone & Smoked Salmon Crostini
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 slices of good quality crusty bread (not the prepackaged kind)
  • 3-4 slices of smoked nova salmon
  • 1 tbsp mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 radish, sliced
  • fresh chives and dill
Instructions
  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Spread the mascarpone cheese evenly between two slices.
  3. Top with a few slices of nova salmon, cucumber & radish slices and fresh herbs.

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Roasted Beets & Quinoa Salad

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 | 20 comments

Roasted Beets & Quinoa Salad

We had such a fun weekend but three birthday parties and Disney Jr Live have proven to be a little exhausting. What a difference a decade makes. It my 20’s I could have done all this with my eyes closed, now in my 30’s my body reminds me to slow down. It seems that Monday morning is the time for that reminder. It’s more like a cruel joke. Are you supposed to come out of a weekend tired? I don’t think so. Well there is always the next one to catch up on some rest.

How many of you watched CMA’s on Sunday night? I was amazed by how beautiful Miranda Lambert looked. Naturally I wanted to know how she lost all that weight. I did some reading. Miranda says she does cardio and exercises portion control. Perfect! I can do that. As a matter of fact I’m already doing that. Although I didn’t even need motivation, I got it anyway. After a weekend full of food, drinks and late night adventures I could not wait to get back to eating good again.

Roasted Beets & Quinoa Salad

I adore roasted beets. I rely on quinoa to keep me full and satisfied without extra calories. Quinoa combined with roasted beets and blue cheese crumbles is  a sweet and savory side option perfect with fish and even better all by itself the next day.

I’ve made this salad numerous times and every time I fall in love with it all over again.

Roasted Beets & Quinoa Salad

Roasted Beets & Quinoa Salad

Kathy Sig 2

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Roasted Beets & Quinoa Salad
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 medium red beets, washed and scrubbed
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup low fat italian dressing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut the top (rough part) of the beets. Wrap in aluminum foil. Pierce the top of the beet right through the foil. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 45 min to 1 hour. Allow to cool before peeling the skin, then dice into bite size pieces.
  3. Meanwhile cook quinoa according to package directions. (I use my rice cooker to make quinoa and it comes out perfect every time)
  4. In a small bowl combine cooked quinoa, roasted beets, scallions and blue cheese crumbles. Mix gently. Then add dressing and stir to coat.
  5. Serve immediately or cooled.

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Roasted Garlic, Asparagus & Bacon Pasta

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 | 24 comments

Roasted Garlic, Asparagus & Bacon Pasta

I am happy because I’m tired. Sounds weird right? Well I’m happy it’s Friday because I am exhausted and somewhat sleep deprived. We’ve got a jam packed agenda this weekend with three different birthday parties as well as a surprise trip for Briana on Sunday. Kurt and I are taking her to see Nick Jr. on Tour. She has no idea where we’re going but I’m sure she’ll be freaked out excited. I am most probably going to need a day off afterwards so I can actually get some rest.

Pasta has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m sure it is my body’s way of requesting carbs.  To be honest, I didn’t even notice but thinking through what I’ve been eating lately, carbohydrates were far and few in between. That can be another reason for my exhaustion because getting up earlier than usual for work has nothing to do with it. :)

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Roasted Garlic, Asparagus & Bacon Pasta

Roasted Garlic, Asparagus & Bacon Pasta

That’s all I’ve got for you today. Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Thank you friends for reading my blog.

Roasted Garlic, Asparagus & Bacon Pasta

Kathy Sig 2

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Roasted Garlic, Asparagus & Bacon Pasta
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 9 oz package of fresh linguine (I used Butoni)
  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 slices of bacon, sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup andouille sausage, cubed
  • ½ cup leeks, bright part only, thinly sliced (or one small onion, chopped)
  • 1 bunch asparagus cut into one inch peaces, ends trimmed
  • 4 basil leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the top of the garlic bulb just enough to expose the cloves, place in aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil, wrap tightly and roast for 30 min.
  2. Remove garlic from aluminum foil and allow to cool. Gently squeeze the cloves out of the bulb into a small bowl. Mash and set aside.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to instructions. Drain reserving a cup of pasta water.
  4. Meanwhile, cook bacon and sausage in a large skillet until crispy. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
  5. Add leeks, red pepper flakes and mashed up garlic to the same skillet. Add ¼ cup of pasta water and chopped basil. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes.
  6. Add asparagus and half the bacon mixture. Cook another 2 minutes. Add more pasta water if necessary. The sauce consistency should be medium thick.
  7. Gently mix in pasta and parmesan cheese.
  8. To serve plate the linguine and top with bacon mixture. Top with shaved parmesan cheese. Enjoy.

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